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The barn. Great place to watch a basketball game. It may not have some of the latest and greatest... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
Bloomington, Minnesota
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Home base for gopher

Very nice arena for university of Minnesota, nice location near campus, students could easily get... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1925 University Ave SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455-2000
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

The barn. Great place to watch a basketball game. It may not have some of the latest and greatest amenities as newer venues but it has a lot of character and energy. The new white floor isnt as bad as i thought it would be,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Very nice arena for university of Minnesota, nice location near campus, students could easily get there by bus or walking, parking also available, first come first serve. Go! Gophers!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

What a neat place to watch a game. My friends and I are checking off each Big Ten arena. Even with frigid temps of Minnesota, this place heats up for a college game. Being from Indianapolis, Iā€™d compare the venue to a larger Hinkle Fieldhouse....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 382ryano
Reviewed January 23, 2018

Many, many, many trips to the Barn for University basketball. Great venue that needs to be taken at face value. It is not pretty, seating is sketchy, the food is awful but, the experience is awesome. History in every corner.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank JLo5424
Reviewed November 14, 2017

I's old. It's antiquated. It kind of smells funny. The seating isn't optimal, and many of the sightlines aren't that great. It is one of the most awesome places in the country to see college basketball. Also, one of the few places you can go...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank jscopper
Reviewed September 25, 2017

This venue might not have been the ideal WNBA choice but for fans it didn't matter. It's a old school classic court with a raised for and not a bad seat in the house!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Bryan C
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Williams Arena is known to the locals as The Barn. Do not know the history of that but if you say "I'm going to the barn " everyone knows where you are headed. From the outside it maybe does look like a barn--a BIG barn....More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank jerdiscerney
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Gopher basketball venue. I used to have season tickets ten rows behind the Gophers' bench. Great sight lines. Food is marginally edible, and the restrooms, although improved, could use some updating. Still a great place for Big Ten basketball.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank 19papa47
Reviewed May 17, 2017

This place is old, has that nice old school gym feel to it. Great place to go if you're a Gopher fan!!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 74grege
Reviewed January 23, 2017

This is an old school basketball arena at its finest. Sight lines in some areas is not the best, the raised floor seems like an accident waiting to happen, but when the score is close, and the fans noisy, this is an experience like none...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Response from jerdiscerney | Reviewed this property |
The Commons Hotel right off light rail has a nice restaurant and also an applebees nearly back to back.